Toastmasters Club 1600 celebrates Golden Jubilee

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The First Bahamas Branch of Toastmasters Club 1600 commemorated is 50th anniversary with a ceremony held Thursday, December 19, at the Melia Nassau Beach. Pictured here, club members along with honorees and club supporters.

It’s an educational organization that’s older than an independent Bahamas and this month, Toastmasters Club 1600 marked its 50th anniversary of delivering public speaking and leadership skills to Bahamian men hailing from diverse backgrounds. Officially, the words “First Bahamas Branch” go before the club’s name, denoting its premier historical standing as the first local branch of an international organization, world-renowned for its focus on self-development. The club’s official charter was issued on January 1, 1969. It was presented to the club’s founding president, Ernest T. Strachan by the late Lynden O. Pindling (later Sir), then Premier of the Colony of the Bahama Islands.

Toastmasters Club 1600 President, Ancin Munnings chose this year’s theme, “1600 Strong: Legacy, Leadership, and Communication” to emphasize what the club represents.  “For 50 years we have been known as the standard for Toastmasters Clubs in The Bahamas. Many of our members are leading professionals in their respective fields and they will tell you, they owe it all to Toastmasters and Club 1600,” he said. “Through our efforts to date over 30 clubs are in existence across The Bahamas, in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, Exuma and Mayaguana. It is my hope that many more Bahamians will join our ranks and experience the benefits that Toastmasters offers.”

According to Shacoy Mullings, Vice President of Education for Club 1600, the club felt it fitting to pay tribute to its leadership in celebration of its Golden Jubilee. “We have 52 past presidents, 47 of which are still alive today,” he noted. “Each played a vital role in moving our organization forward, creating what you see before you – an energized, vibrant club committed to empowering our members to become more effective communicators and leaders.” At the Thursday, December 19, ceremony held at the Melia Nassau Beach, the club also took the opportunity to recognize some Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) who have made significant contribution to Club 1600 through the years. The event was sponsored in part by Aliv, Endless Dream Vacation Club and Jay Fitness.

More photo highlights below:

Ivan Thompson, District 47 Program Quality Director received his medal of recognition from Toastmasters Club 1600 President Ancin Munnings.

JC Sweeting, a long-time member of Club 1600 is pictured with his award as Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Antoinette Fox and Club 1600 President Ancin Munnings look on.

Toastmasters Club 1600, 51ST President Carlos Palacious was recognized for his contributions to the club.

Leader of the Official Opposition Philip Brave Davis, the 12th president of Club 1600, received his award of appreciation at the Thursday, December 19, ceremony.

Toastmasters Club 1600, 47th President Charles Newbold III was recognized during the club’s 50th anniversary.

Toastmasters Club 1600, 33rd President, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Anthony Longley (right), a member of the Board of Directors of Toastmasters International, brought brief remarks during the event. District 47 Director, Leonardo Burrows is also pictured here.

Toastmasters Club 1600, 50th President Valentino Munroe and wife, Tiffany. Mr Munroe was amongst the honorees.

Toastmasters Club 1600, 18th President Clement Foster and Mrs Foster.

Toastmasters Club 1600, 46th President Ernesto Gongora and Mrs Gongora.

Club 1600 member, Kenny Mackey presents a raffle prize winner with a free month workout for Jay Fitness.

Toastmasters Club 1600 President Ancin Munnings and Shacoy Mullings, VP of Education, welcome Leader of the Official Opposition Philip Davis, a former president of Club 1600.

Past Presidents of Club 1600 pose for a photo. From left to right, the club’s 48TH President Pedro Young, 49th President Franklyn Winder and 54th President Osbourne Moxey. Photos courtesy of Toastmasters Club 1600

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